Dropbox for Business gets two new collaboration tools

Users can now comment on shared files and keep Microsoft Office documents synchronized more easily

The new commenting feature in Dropbox for Business

The new commenting feature in Dropbox for Business

Long email threads can be an occupational hazard for those who collaborate frequently, but Dropbox on Tuesday announced two new features in its business offering that are designed specifically to help address that problem: in-file commenting capabilities and a tool known as the Dropbox badge.

Dropbox for Business's new commenting feature offers the ability to keep discussions together in one place with the shared files they focus on.

Essentially, anyone with access to a shared file can comment in a new sidebar dedicated to that purpose. Users can comment generally, or they can direct comments to particular people using the "@" symbol plus their email address, causing the recipient to be notified via email and mobile.

"No more searching through emails to find the latest round of feedback on a presentation or the updated image your design team sent over," explained Dropbox product manager Matteus Pan.

The new comment feature will be available to early access users in the next week or so.

The Dropbox badge, meanwhile, is actually a feature that participants in Dropbox's early access program have been able to use since late last year. It focuses on Microsoft Office documents -- including Word, Excel and PowerPoint -- and offers a way for users to do a few key things without having to leave the file they're working on or send an email.

Specifically, users working on a shared Office file on the desktop need only click on a Dropbox badge icon in the right screen margin to see who else is viewing the same file at the same time, for example. If the other user makes changes but hasn't yet saved the file, the badge delivers an alert to avoid creating multiple versions. When those changes are saved, users can click on the badge to get the updated version.

Also through the Dropbox badge, users can view file history and shared folder settings and copy links to the clipboard for sharing once their edits are finished.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags cloud computingdocument managementinternetsoftwareapplicationsdropbox

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Katherine Noyes

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?